MANALAPAN - Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) threw down the gauntlet at his 15th town hall meeting of the year, which was held today in Manalapan.

The governor had strong words for the federal government, when he was asked about their demands that New Jersey repay hundreds of millions of dollars spent on the now canceled ARC railway tunnel.

The subject was introduced during the question-and-answer portion of the town hall meeting by a woman who wanted to know how the governor plans on avoiding the $271 million bill handed down by the federal Department of Transportation.

The bill is for reimbursing construction costs made before Christie shut it down. He said there was too big a risk of billions of dollars in cost overruns.The governor's answer was a simple one. He's not going to pay it.

The ARC money was given to the state on the condition it complete the tunnel. Until it gets repaid, federal officials say they'll charge the state interest, adding up to thousands of dollars a day.